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Do you plan to get “dressed up” this Holiday Season?
I sure do!
I know this Holiday Season will look a little different for most of us. I want to help you and myself keep things as “normal” as possible or help you lift your spirits.
The best way to do that is…Getting Dressed Up!!! Experts have found that the clothes we wear actually affect our mood. “People love certain clothes as they make them feel good. When you look good, you feel good” – Daily Hunt
My dear friend Barbi of Southern Blonde Chic and I are back and wanted to continue our Sunday Best Series with a little Holiday twist! We will be sharing our love of getting all dressed up on Sundays, but geared more specifically on Holiday Inspired looks. Doesn’t Barbi look absolutely gorgeous in this all black outfit?! She is ready for any special holiday event coming up. Make sure to read Barbi’s post today to get all the details of her gorgeous outfit. We hope you love this series as much as we do, and find some looks you love, if so, please share them with Barbi and I. Just drop us a comment and let us know!
One tip I want to leave you with is that getting dressed up, especially for the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. Most of the time when shopping for the holidays we tend to pick up pieces to create a look we probably only wear once. My tip…rent your clothes.
Yes rent them, I do!
I rent a lot of clothes not just for the holidays, but for other special occasions from a clothing rental company called Armoire Style. Armoire is a clothing rental subscription that gives you access to thousands of high-end styles for one flat monthly price. They offer 3 different options and I am sure you will find one that works for you. Sign up today and get started planning your holiday looks for less!
This dress I am sharing today is from Amoire Style. I just love it and it is the perfect dress to wear for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Living in Florida our weather is rarely cold enough for me to be buying sweater dresses only to have them sit in my wardrobe used but maybe twice in a year.. It just doesn’t make sense to buy them. So that is why I rent them all the time from Armoire Style.
Another fun tip that I want to share that helps you not break the bank when shopping for the holidays is Thrift Shopping! I found this bag at my local thrift shop. My daughter and I love thrift shopping. You can find some of the best pieces and looks for less!
I also want to leave you with a Kelley Style Tip – Add tights! When wearing dresses this coming season add tights that have color and texture to give a little more to your looks. It is also a great layering piece that can help add a layer of cozy to your look!
“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.” ~ Carolina Herrera ~
A great example of this ideology is The Leather Jacket…
The leather jacket is a wardrobe icon!
This iconic piece known as the leather jacket has been lended to several different styles and subcultures over the years. It has been transformed again and again but it is a classic and it never goes out of style, even when people keep reinventing it…that is what fashion is! What makes it new is how one styles it and puts it all together like Carolina Herrera said.
Normally when I think of getting dressed up on a Sunday, leather necessarily does not come to mind. However, last week Barbi of Southern Blonde Chic inspired me to mix things up. Take a look, I know you will love Barbi’s dress too! Can we just talk about how GORGEOUS Barbi looks today in this beautiful shade of green!! I have shared with you all before how important it is to find colors that compliment your skin tone and hair color as it will totally enhance your true beauty! Barbi certainly has done that by selecting this amazing color. I also love how she added this gold chain belt to put her own touch on this outfit. Be sure to check out Barbi’s Post for today so you can get all the details of this beautiful outfit!
When styling my look I started first with this simple and beautiful deep blue gray Mendoza Dress from Peach. Believe it or not Peach is an athleisure brand. I am sure it is hard to tell, but my whole look is from Peach! Isn’t that fabulous?!
It is one of the reasons I love Peach, they always come out with pieces that can be styled more than one way. I knew I wanted to elevate my look and then it hit me to pair it with the Palermo Blazer also from Peach!
The dress and blazer combo is a great blank canvas that I popped with icy tones. The necklace is a bundle of a few different pieces that I have collected over the years. I found a similar one for you to shop!
To finish off my look I added a pair of snakeskin pumps and cute little beaded clutch. My accessories are no longer available…to be honest I bought them both on clearance a while back, but good news…
Stay tuned for another Sunday Best post with Barbi as we continue with this series!
Also, later this month I will be sharing more about Peach & how their looks are great for the Gym & Everyday Life!! I am excited to show you how to dress the Mendoza dress down for a more casual look!
Here is the round up of last weeks top sellers…
Elevate your workout with this ribbed tank designed with crisscrossed straps and a built-in shelf bra for comfortable support from Nordstrom – Runs small oder 1 size up!
From Versona A soft, relaxed chambray fabrication and tunic shift silhouette make this dress a style we can’t get enough of!
From Shein – Stylish, durable and cute floral print!
From Nordstrom – Feel like royalty in these cat eye sunglasses!
From Versona – Cute and Comfy!
Who doesn’t love a good haul from amazon?! There is just something about filling up your cart and waiting for the packages to arrive on your door step…I just love it! I teamed up with a few of my fashionista friends and we all picked some of our favorite pieces from Amazon. Head on over to my instagram to check out to see what my gal pals picked too!
I went with a weekend vibe when I was shopping and each item I picked is under $40. Yes you read that correctly, I love a good deal. Now what I will say is that even though these items are inexpensive that does not mean that it lacks in quality. The fit and feel of the clothes and shoes are comfy and soft and I couldn’t be happier with my purchases.
Lets start with my favorite, this adorable leopard printed patchwork cropped sweater It goes perfectly with high waisted denim. What I love about this sweater is that it is versatile and can be dressed up or down. I am rocking it into the weekend with black jeans and tennis shoes; which brings me to my next purchase.
These two tone star fashion sneakers are cute, comfy and affordable! I love a good dupe, drop a comment and let me know if you know what I am talking about. The shoes are only $39 and I am wearing them with more than just this sweater. I love being able to maximize my wardrobe and shoe collection by mixing pieces. Which I have done by pairing these fashion sneakers with another look.
This trendy animal graphic sweatshirt reminds me of my college days. A cute sweatshirt, ripped jeans and a fab pair of tennis shoes. It is so insanely comfortable and completely effortless look and only cost $30! Also, a little style tip…don’t be afraid to add a pair of fun earrings to a casual look to kick it up a notch.
If you know anything about me you know my achilles heel is accessories! I love all things, especially statement earrings and sunglasses. Seriously don’t ask me how many pairs I have. However, what is great about these earrings is the bang for you buck. You get 3 pairs of statement earrings for $18. I also, scored these fabulous sunnies that are another great dupe and already have plans to wear them asap!
Here are all of my picks shop away!
I am coming at you with another Amazon Try On Haul!! You are not going to believe how affordable and adorable these 5 pieces that I am going to share with you.
My first and most favorite piece is this mock neck, vintage style blouse. It pairs perfectly with jeans, but could also work with a sleek pencil skirt and a great pair of heels. This top is fitted and runs a bit small. I would suggest ordering up one size. Believe it or not, this top is only $17.99 and comes in several other colors.
Okay, let’s be honest, they are ALL my favorite pieces!! This lace bodycon dress steals the spotlight!!! I was blown away by the quality and the fit of this dress. It is incredibly flattering due to the ruched detail up the left side of the body, making it a flattering piece to add to your wardrobe. This dress is great for the holidays or any special occasion like a wedding. In fact, I will be wearing this to an upcoming wedding I have been invited to. The best part is this dress is only $23.99 and I promise you, it ranks right up there with any dress you would find at a department store.
Every girl needs a great sweater and I have found you the perfect one. This chunky cowl neck sweater has some really great details. From the wooden buttons to the asymmetrical cut which makes it flattering for everyone. If you are not crazy about this wine color (which I adore) there are 15 other colors to chose from. The best part is the price, $35.99, which is a great price point for a sweater of this quality.
Next up, is this insanely comfy lounge set. Not only is it comfortable, but it also has pockets…who doesn’t love pockets? I am all about maximizing your pieces, so not only will I be lounging around in this at home, I am also pairing this top with a cute pair of jeans for a very casual weekend look. It also comes in several other color ways. The price for this 2 piece set is $35.99
Last but not least, I am always about accessories and I couldn’t resist this cute black baseball cap. It is great to cover up a bad hair day, or finish off a casual weekend look. This adorable baseball cap is $12.88 and does come in a few other options.
I hope you enjoyed this Amazon Try On Haul. I would love if you would drop a comment below and let me know what is your favorite of this bunch!
One thing you must know about me when it comes to fashion is, accessories are ALWAYS the star of my looks!! I believe that when it comes to choosing accessories, they allow you to bring out your personality and uniqueness. What comes to mind when I say the word Accessories? Most likely you are thinking, a great pair of shoes, or an amazing statement necklace, a wonderful structured handbag right???? Well, I want to add one more important item that I bet NEVER entered your mind……….a fabulous pair of EYEGLASSES! Think about it, if you wear glasses they are most likely the first thing that people see when they look at you. So, why not make them take a ‘second look’ by wearing the most fabulous brand of eyewear I have found! Peepers by peeperspecs!
Where do I even start with all the things I love about Peepers?! They are so fashion forward with such a unique selection of frames and colors, I actually am more excited about choosing which pair I want to wear with each outfit than anything else. When you see and feel the quality of their frames, you will be amazed when you find out how much they cost!!! Their average pair range around $25 which makes me even more excited to share them with you. Here are some of my favorite pairs that I think you will love.
Lets start with these fabulous and bold Bravado (Blue Light) fames in black. If these don’t make a statement I don’t know what can. I love that they come with Blue Light protection, since so many of us spend countless hours in front of a screen. It is no surprise this pair was chosen as one of Oprah’s New Favorite Frames for 2019!! They come in a variety of colors and you can even order them with no correction if you just want to use them as a fashion statement!!!
These Coffee Shop frames in Tortoise Wood were another pair that I knew I needed to have. Between the oversized thick frames and the contrast of recycled bamboo arms, they will certainly cause you to stand out! These come in several other color combinations that you are sure to love.
These ‘eye catching’ Center Stage Focus frames, shown above in Navy Tortoise, are listed as not only Peepers most popular frames, but also as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things! These frames also offer their Focus Blue Light protection from harmful side effects that come from our computer and phone screens. They also come in six other amazing color ways and trust me I will be going back for several more colors.
Last but not least, I am wearing these gorgeous Limelight frames in Gray Tortoise. This pair gave me a fun animal print vibe when I saw them. All eyes will be on you in this polished style that suits all face shapes. They also include Blue Light protection and comes in four other colorways that will compliment any skin tone. You can see why these also made Oprah’s Favorite Things list as it did mine!
I can’t say enough great things about Peepers and I feel super confident recommending any of their fashion forward frames for you to purchase for yourself or as a gift. The fact that they are so affordable makes me love them even more. Lets face it, if you are like me we sometimes misplace our readers (does that come with age)lol, but seriously, as affordable as they are, you can buy several pairs to leave around the house in case of a mishap.
Now you understand why Peepers is now my New favorite accessory and hopefully it will be yours too!
It is hard to believe that Summer is almost over!!!! With that being said, I am looking forward to our annual Labor Day beach vacation for one last ‘Big Hurrah’ to Summer! I thought it would be fun to share with you all a few of my ‘Beach Trip Essentials’ I am currently loving and taking with me!!
Let’s talk bathing suit, hat, and shorts! This is how you will basically find me as I sit poolside (facing the ocean, under a huge umbrella)! Yes, that is right, I am not a fan of getting sandy (don’t laugh) and I definitely am done with the days of ‘oiling up’ and tanning myself as golden as I could get! No way, No more!! I am in LOVE with this new bathing suit I found on Amazon, the quality and fit is AMAZING!! I have always loved wearing cut-offs to the beach with my bathing suit. These are my FAVORITE shorts! They are the perfect length (gone are the days of short shorts) easy to get on and off, and if we decide to grab a quick bite to eat on the beach, I feel totally comfortable wearing them in the restaurant. Probably the most important thing that I make sure I am ALWAYS wearing at the beach is a great hat! Even when I am sitting under a huge umbrella, I always make sure I have a hat on to protect my face from getting sun! This hat is the perfect size and I absolutely love its color and design!
Now let’s talk Beach Bag!!! Oh, do I have an AMAZING one to share with you all from a company I just was introduced to, called Dewdrop Designs! They are an American-made collection of lifestyle accessories that evoke a sense of wanderlust! They have so many amazing themed bags, unique pieces of hand crafted jewelry and accessories. I selected the Eat, Beach, Sleep, and Repeat Canvas and Leather Tote made from sturdy leather and recycled canvas! I absolutely love it as it not only makes a great beach bag, but it also is a perfect ‘Getaway Bag’ and I am purchasing a few more as they make the perfect gift for that special person in your life. My favorite thing that sets Dewdrop Designs apart are their monthly one of a kind sales!! These sales are offered to their Dewdrop Design client email list, and they are all exclusive products that are not offered elsewhere! So, make sure to sign up to be a part of their email list so you benefit from these private monthly sales!
You can’t go to the beach without a great book can you? I want to share with you all the book I am currently reading and is absolutely life changing for me! ‘Fear is My Homeboy’ by Judi Holler. I can’t say enough great things about this book. I am a huge fan of personal development books and if this book doesn’t light a fire under you, I don’t know what will! Promise me you will pick this book up and read it (you will thank me later)!
Well, that is it for now! I hope you enjoy your Labor Day weekend and maybe grab a few of my favorites to take with you, as I know you will love them as much as I do!!
I have to say I am SUPER EXCITED about today’s blog post! Why do you ask?………….Because I love to incorporate leopard when I can in my outfits!
There are so many ways to do this, from ALL OUT to just a subtle touch. So, depending where you fall in this category, let me show you some examples of how to accomplish this, starting with ‘just a sprinkle’!
#1. Hair Accessories
Since leopard is the rage right now, you can find some really fun hair accessory pieces and sprinkle it in this way to get your feet wet. 🙂 Whether you select a fun headband like I am wearing or a scarf, or leopard scrunchie, that would be the easiest way to start!
#2. Add a leopard purse OR shoe
First of all notice I said add a leopard purse OR shoe, not BOTH!! That would be too much! Look how each look pictured above because that much more interesting by adding a leopard print to the mix. Super easy to do right? Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article when you are finished reading to see all these great pieces that you can shop directly from here. 🙂
3. Add a fun leopard skirt
This is probably my most favorite way to add leopard, a leopard skirt! Whether it is a pencil or a maxi skirt, this is the look I love to style the most. Just add one of your favorite graphic tees, and you have the perfect ‘casual chic’ look, and you will be the envy of all your girlfriends (trust me)! 🙂
#4. Add a great leopard jacket
So, hopefully I have gotten you excited about what a game changer adding leopard to your look can be! Are you feeling a bit more comfortable about stepping up your leopard game?! If so, let’s add a leopard jacket to the mix! This is really a simple formula (don’t be scared) just start with something all black, like in this example above I am wearing a fun black jumpsuit (notice I am wearing black shoes too) providing the perfect canvas to introduce an amazing jacket!! (p.s. I will have some good ones linked at the end of this article for you) Trust me on this one, add a great jacket (like above) to your wardrobe to add an amazing impact to your ‘style game’!
#5. Add an all leopard piece
Yes! We graduated all the way to wearing an ALL LEOPARD for the main course!!! What do you think? It looks really great right? Not too much right?! Whether it is an all leopard dress (as seen above) or a maxi dress, or a jumpsuit, you will look like you walked right off the cover of your favorite fashion magazine! But, there are a few rules you need to follow to pull of this look. 1. Keep the accessories very subtle. No, wild earrings, shoes, or purse. In the photo above, notice you can’t even really see my earrings (I am wearing gold hoops BTW) and my purse if solid black. This is really important to follow along, also notice my shoes are really toned down. The 2nd rule to pulling this off is really simple, BE CONFIDENT!
I promise you can pull this all leopard look off, but you need to ‘feel the part’ to ‘look the part’, so hold your head up high when you walk into the room looking like the million bucks that I know you are!!!